`Time for separatists to help resolve K-issue`

Last Updated: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 23:29

Srinagar: Describing the Indo-Pak talks
as "fruitful", Union Minister Farooq Abdullah on Thursday asked the
separatists to play their role in resolution of Kashmir issue.

"If the separatists had no hindrance in talking with
Pakistani leaders, what is the problem for staying away from
dialogue with Indian leadership? The situation demands that
the separatists get united and play their role in resolution
of Kashmir issue," the Union minister for New and Renewable
Energy said in a statement here.

Abdullah said bitterness and grudges have neither
helped in resolving any issue in the past nor will it help in
future.

"The future talks between India and Pakistan will not
only forge friendship but also ensure resolution of Kashmir
issue," Abdullah, who also heads the ruling National
Conference in the state, said.

He said the National Conference was desirous of
bringing down the walls of hatred between the two countries so
that the people of the region can live a peaceful life and
further cement the bonds of friendship.

"Both the Ministers besides discussing various matters
talked about the cross-border trade activities and I am
hopeful that all the historic roads used for trade by people
of Kashmir will be reopened," he said, referring to Foreign
Minister S M Krishna`s meeting with his Pakistani counterpart
Hina Rabbani Khar yesterday in New Delhi.

Referring to the Kargil-Skardu road, Abdullah
advocated for its early opening.

Abdullah said his party has been a strong advocate for
friendship between New Delhi and Islamabad as a "strong
Pakistan is in the interest of strong India".

The two countries yesterday announced additional
confidence building measures (CBMs) related to Kashmir,
including increasing cross-LoC trading days and expanding
travel to include tourism and religious aspects.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 23:29

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